Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

IFRC publications

Reducing the Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Impacts of Climate Change

February 2021

Setting the scene on Health, Water and Sanitation (WASH) response in a changing climate.



Climate-related extreme weather events and COVID-19

September 2020

A first look at the number of people affected by intersecting disasters.




Small and simple actions to address climate change 
April, 2016

This publication sets out several simple strategies that can help to manage the unavoidable impacts of climate change (adaptation) and curb its long-term effects by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). Though the problem may seem huge and paralyzingly complex, National Societies can implement
five straightforward actions that will benefit the safety, livelihoods, health, attitudes and quality of life of people at risk.


Climate Change – an introduction for staff and volunteers 
January 23, 2016

The course provides an introduction to climate change and aims to help staff and volunteers understand how they can contribute to addressing related issues in their day to day work within local communities.



Climate change and the Red Cross and Red Crescent
November 1, 2015

The Red Cross Red Crescent recognizes that climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ in the 21st century and fighting it is a long-term effort. Governments must educate and raise the awareness of their people, who need to know the effects of climate change on their lives and act on the knowledge. National Societies can bring together governments, communities and partners to maximize the impact of joint action.


Linking Seasonal Forecasts with disaster preparedness in the Pacific
May 12, 2015

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the IFRC have developed a new 'Seasonal Rainfall Watch' to encourage Red Cross disater managers to use seasonal forecasts for preparedness in the Pacific, to help them prepared for and respond to disaster and manage droughts and prolonged wet spells. This publication explains how. 



Red Cross Red Crescent Reference Centres
May 12, 2015

This IFRC publication provides a new overview of Red Cross Red Crescent reference centres, of which the Climate Centre is one, working to build the capacity of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Working in coordination with the IFRC secretariat, the reference centres are part of "an inclusive and collaborative network designed to provide technical assistance, information sharing, research and advocacy to the Movement,"according to a foreword by Secretary General Elhadj As Sy. 


Environment and climate change – The impact of climate change on human mobility
October 10, 2014

The climate is a key determinant of where people live and climate change can lead to population movements, including migration and displacement. This can occur when extreme weather events make areas temporarily uninhabitable. But well-planned and managed migration can reduce the chance of humanitarian emergencies. 



IFRC Plan of Action – Climate Change
August 23, 2013

The IFRC’s 2013–16 Plan of Action reiterates the organization’s commitment “to work together with its members to raise the ambition and contribution of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in addressing climate change.”


How to engage with National Adaptation Plans – Guidance for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
August 23, 2013

This guide supports National Societies’ engagement in national-level policy discussions on climate change adaptation through the development of NAPs worldwide. It is one of a suite of guidance documents on climate for National Societies published by the IFRC in 2013. 


A guide to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
August 23, 2013

This guide to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in operational planning is one of a suite of guidance documents on climate for National Societies published by the IFRC in 2013. 


Accessing climate finance – An overview
August 23, 2013

This guide to how to access dedicated sources of donor funding for climate change work is one of a suite of guidance documents on climate for National Societies published by the IFRC in 2013. 


Integrating climate change and urban risks into the VCA
August 8, 2014

This report includes the latest knowledge and guidance on how to adjust the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment to address climate change, and how it can support the reduction of vulnerability in towns and cities.


Community early warning systems: guiding principles
January 22, 2013

Early warning is one of many important tools that contribute to the prevention of disasters and preparedness for hazards and threats. It greatly enhances disaster risk reduction. A well-prepared National Society will understand and promote the role of people-centred early-warning systems in reducing risk.

Public awareness and public education for disaster risk reduction: key messages
January 22, 2013

Harmonized messaging is a key goal in disaster reduction awareness, and is particularly important when it comes to scaling-up efforts to create a culture of safety. To promote consistent actions to the public, we need key safety and resilience messages.


Public awareness and public education for disaster risk reduction: a guide
July 1, 2011 

This guide is designed to help National Societies to plan and develop public awareness and public education efforts for disaster risk reduction. 



Climate Change Take Action Now!
May, 2011

A guide to supporting the local actions of children and young people, with special emphasis on girls and young women. 




Early Warning Early Action: An Evaluation of IFRC West and Central Africa Zone Flood Preparedness and Response, 2008
June, 2009

The report was researched and written by Lisette Braman, Technical Advisor with the Red Cross Red Crescent (RC/RC) Climate Centre.